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3 Ways to Prepare Your AC For Monsoon Season

2020 May 20
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Summer is officially here, which means monsoon season is right around the corner. Considering it’s extremely important to have a working AC during this time of year, you probably want to know how to properly prepare your system for the coming storms. 

3 ways to prepare your AC for a monsoon include: 

  • Clearing the space around your outdoor AC unit
  • Checking your AC filter
  • Getting AC maintenance 

Let’s look at each of these tips in more detail so you can ensure that your AC system is maintained and ready for storm season. 

Preparation Tip #1: Clean up around your outdoor AC unit

outdoor ac unit

It’s important that you keep the area around your AC unit clean and free of any trees, shrubs, or other debris that could fall into your AC unit. Our recommendation is to clear a 3-foot radius around your outdoor AC unit. Why?

Well, when monsoons come, they tend to come with a lot of wind, which can easily break branches, tear off leaves, and blow around a lot of dirt and other debris. If there is greenery around or growing over your AC unit, things like sticks can easily make their way into your unit, which can damage or completely break parts of your AC, like the fan. 

Obviously, you can’t completely protect your AC unit from the debris that can get kicked up by a monsoon, but you can control how much breathing room your AC normally gets by:

  • Not planting any shrubbery within 3 feet of the unit
  • Not placing objects within 3 feet of the unit
  • Clearing away any brush that’s near your unit

Allowing your outdoor AC unit to have this space will help your AC rid your home of heat, which will keep your home comfortable and cool throughout the monsoon season. 

Preparation Tip #2: Check your AC filter

dirty vs clean air filter
If your air filter looks like the filter on the right, it’s time to replace it.

 

During the summer, it’s important to check your air filter about once a month and replace it if it’s dirty. We’d also suggest checking it before and after a monsoon hits. 

Why? Well, your air filter is responsible for catching dust and other particles before they make their way into your AC system. And during monsoon season, there’s a lot of dust and dirt in the air, which means your HVAC filter has a tendency to can clog faster than normal. If your air filter is clogged, it can’t do its job as effectively. 

A clogged filter can cause harm by:

  1. Causing your AC to work longer and harder- A clogged air filter will reduce airflow to your AC system, which means your AC system has to work longer to produce the same amount of cool air, which is not something you want to be dealing with during the heat of a monsoon.
  2. Decreasing the quality of your indoor air- An air filter can only catch so much debris, at a certain point your air filter won’t be as effective at catching contaminants, which means the quality of your air could deteriorate. 

So, as we mentioned above, we’d suggest checking your air filter before a monsoon hits to ensure that it’s clean and ready to catch any additional dust in the air. We’d also suggest you check your air filter after a monsoon because depending on the storm, your filter could have collected a lot of dirt and other particles. 

Preparation Tip #3: Get AC maintenance

The best way that you can prepare your AC for monsoon season is to invest in professional AC maintenance. A professional will take the time to check the important parts of your AC system so that you can be confident that your AC is working safely and efficiently before you go into the monsoon season.

This way, if there are parts that need to be cleaned, repaired or replaced, you can have a pro do that now instead of waiting for a monsoon to hit and potentially dealing with a larger, more expensive repair. 

Want to properly prepare your AC for monsoon season? Reach out to Phoenix’s most trusted pros: George Brazil

If you want assurance that your AC is as healthy as it can be before storm season, we’d be happy to take a look at it for you. We have many years of experience serving Phoenix homeowners, so you can always trust us to do a thorough job.

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